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Annual township cleanup event, March 23, is also a celebration

March 5, 2019

In a few weekends, the Environmental Services department at The Woodlands Township is looking forward to putting on their signature event: the ninth annual Earth Day GreenUp community cleanup and celebration.

Environmental Services Manager John Geiger said the event builds the community by bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together.

“We have little kids, seniors, individuals, businesses, community groups who come…people from all different walks of life,” Geiger said.

Most people pre-register to take part in the event, but community members can also simply show up from 8 to 11 a.m. on March 23 to bag trash from streets, pathways and streams around The Woodlands. Everyone must sign a waiver before being allowed to work.

By participating in the cleanup efforts, attendees can learn to take pride in their efforts to beautify the open spaces in The Woodlands, Geiger said.

“As a community, we are proud of our open spaces. Getting out and doing something to help those areas out is something to be proud of,” Geiger said. “It shows folks how rewarding it can be to get out and clean up your area.”

Last year, about 1,000 volunteers collected an estimated 8,000 pounds of trash — most of which was either composted or recycled by Waste Management, the company that sponsors the event.

After the cleanup portion of the day, it’ll be time to celebrate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northshore Park along Lake Woodlands Drive. There will be pizza, entertainment from The Buck Yeager Band, T-shirts, educational booths and activities for children.

“We get together as a community and celebrate our clean open spaces and all the work people put into achieving them,” Geiger said.

For more information or to pre-register for the event, visit the township’s website.